Tag: freedom of speech

Wedding venue discrimination case could set bar for freedom of conscience in SA

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Monday, launched an unfair discrimination application in the Equality Court against Western Cape wedding venue Beloftebos which has been in the news for refusing, on the grounds of conscience and religious belief, to host same-sex weddings. The media, apparently, were provided with the […]

‘Hate Speech Bill in danger of being rushed through’

On Tuesday August 28 the latest version of the controversial Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill was published for public comment (https://pmg.org.za/call-for-comment/727/), reports Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA). The original draft of the Bill received over 70 000 submissions, with many labelling it “draconian” (https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2018-03-13-draconian-hate-crimes-bill-will-destroy-freedom-of-speech/) and a “threat […]

Religious exemption clause in Hate Speech bill ‘will only protect sermons’

At Parliament on May 30 2018, Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) attended a briefing by the Department of Justice (DoJ) to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice regarding the proposed Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (“the Bill”). This briefing followed certain amendments made […]